I presume that the question arises from my request that local authorities should seek to involve local communities in contributing, whether in money or kind, towards the maintenance and improvement of non-national roads in their areas. The experience where pilot schemes have operated since 1992, based on co-operative efforts, has reinforced my view that this approach can make a valuable contribution towards restoring defective roads. Communities in these areas have displayed a willingness to play a role in finding solutions to road problems which affect them. This support can add significantly to the return from public investment in these roads and enable local authorities to undertake more extensive programmes of work than would otherwise be possible. This willingness to participate is now evidenced by waiting lists of applicants wishing to contribute towards road work schemes.